Botswana to host annual environment assembly for climate funding for Africa

Source: Xinhua| 2018-08-29 16:14:30|Editor: Liu
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GABORONE, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Botswana is ready to host the 8th General Assembly of the Consortium of African Funds for the Environment (CAFE) to raise funds for climate change, Forest Conservation Botswana (FCB) said Tuesday.

Themed "Fundraising and Climate Financing",the annual general assembly will be held from Sept. 3 to 7 in Botswana's tourism heartland Kasane, attended by over 50 delegates from 16 environmental funds across Africa.

CAFE was founded in 2011 after a period of informal collaboration between several African environmental funds.

Speaking during a press briefing, Joshua Moloi, the chief executive officer of FCB, said it is a well-known fact that lack of access to climate finance affects environmental funds in Africa.

One of the main objectives of CAFE is to catalyze support for the fund to access resources from financial partners, part of which could be done through collaborations by partner countries, he said.

The CAFE assembly comes at a time when the FCB is in the process of seeking accreditation for the green climate fund, which will be used to address climate change adaptation and mitigation issues in Botswana, according to Moloi.

To date, the CAFE assembly has been hosted by Mauritania, Malawi, Cote d'Ivoire, Cameroon, Uganda, Madagascar and Tanzania.